Missing Australian woman found dead in frozen Whistler lake

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      The body of an Australian woman, who has been missing since November, was found in Whistler.

      Alison Leanne Raspa, originally from Perth, Australia, was reported missing on November 23, 2017. She had last been seen leaving Whistler's Three Below Bar around 11:30 p.m. on November 22.

      After coworkers reported her missing when she didn't show up for work, her cellphone was found in Alpha Lake Park.

      A search for Raspa that involved Whistler RCMP, Whistler Search and Rescue, Whistler Fire Rescue Service, RCMP Air Services, RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, and her friends and family was subsequently launched but called off on December 6.

      According to news reports, she had texted her friends around 1:15 a.m. on November 23 to say she was lost, and her jacket, backpack, and wallet were found near Highway 99 and Lake Placid Road.

      At around 7:30 p.m. on March 16, Whistler RCMP received a call about human remains being located in the partially frozen lake at Alpha Lake Park. The body was confirmed to be Raspa's.

      While the investigation is still underway and the cause of death has not been determined yet, RCMP stated in a news release that it does not appear to be suspicious. Raspa's family in Australia has been notified.

      Raspa is described as Caucasian with long, brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, a white-and-black striped shirt, and black pants, and she also had a blue backpack.

      Anyone with any further information about this case is asked to call Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or, for those who want to remain anonymous, to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or by visiting their website.

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